From: ABBA BASHIR; Yosi Ardel
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have arrested two businessmen at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, with consignments of cocaine and heroin concealed in their bellies going to Hong Kong and France.
In a statement, Director, Media & Advocacy NDLEA Headquarters Abuja, Femi BabaFemi explained that
While 38-year-old ThankGod Chimamkpa Emenike was arrested at the boarding gate of the Abuja airport during the outward clearance of passengers on Air France flight 818 to Paris, another passenger, 41-year-old Agbo Chidike Prince was taken into NDLEA custody while attempting to board an Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 950 to Hong Kong via Addis Ababa.
They were both arrested and detained after their body scan revealed they ingested illicit drugs. After days in custody and a number of excretions, Emenike excreted 72 wraps of heroin weighing 1.171 kilograms, while Chidike discharged 49 pellets of cocaine with a total weight of 998.53grams.
In his statement, Chidike claimed he is a businessman dealing in spare parts at the Alaba International market in Ojo area of Lagos.
He added that he was to be paid N3.5million which he intended to use to import goods from Hong Kong.
In the same vein, NDLEA operatives at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja Lagos also intercepted a Qatar Airways flight passenger going to Oman, Agbo Celestine Tochukwu with a consignment of 58 parcels of skunk weighing 29.10kgs while undergoing processes to board his flight at the terminal 11 of the airport.
In his statement, Tochukwu claimed he relocated to Oman on 6th May and has been working as hotel attendant in Oman before venturing into drug trafficking.
In the early hours of today,, NDLEA operatives in Edo state stormed the Utese forest in Ovia North East LGA, where they evacuated a total of 2, 931.3 kilograms of cannabis sativa from a warehouse in the forest.
The War Against Drug Abuse, WADA, advocacy campaign of the Agency continued in equal measure in schools, markets, worship places and others across the country .
The Chairman of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) urged officers across all formations of the Agency to maintain the tempo and strive to surpass previous records while maintaining a balance with their drug demand reduction efforts.